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256 Mb should be alright. I mean its not a lot, but it depends on what you do with it. Open Office is kind of a big application. But it should be alright.
If its really slow, what I would suspect is your desktop manager. Check what it is starting when you boot the machine. If there are lots of deamons that you dont use that are running, they will use up your ram for no reason. What is it? Gnome, KDE, etc??
I am noticing some tardy nature when loading the Open Office Word processor
How slow is it? If you mean its now opening as soon as you click the icon, thats normal. But once its started, you should not have any problem.
Finally, PC133 SDRAM has really gone down a lot. If you are planning on keeping that machine for sometime, it could be a really good idea to invest in a little more memory. You will really see a difference in the performance of the machine.
You won't notice any slowdown between Mandrake 10 and Mandriva 10.2. If OpenOffice is too slow for you, there are alternatives such as AbiWord or KOffice which I believe is a bit lighter than OpenOffice.
Be carefull about statements like that. You should not deactivate deamons unless you know you dont need them. There are some that you will need no matter what.
You can know what is running on your machine by typing ps -a. You'll see a list of all active process (programs). You can post these here and we'll give you pointers at which ones you mignt deactivate.
Generally speaking, deamons are started from the rc scripts (/etc/init.d or /etc/rc.3 or someothers) It depends on the distro. I dont use Mandrake, so I dont know where they put their init scripts.
Lets give you an example:
rc.3 contains deamons runnig at runlevel 3 (type runlevel to know your current runlevel). You can remove some of them if they are useless. The RC folders actually contains links. They point to the scipt in the init.d folder. NEVER remove the init.d scripts, just remove the link to them in the rc folders.
BTW, I know there are graphical tools to manage these, but I never used them. If you want to do this graphically (usally is easier for someone starting), google about something like "deamon management linux graphical".
Distribution: open SUSE 11.0, Fedora 7 and Mandriva 2007
Here is the output:
[nissanka@c83-250-90-204 nissanka]$ ps -a
PID TTY TIME CMD
17744 pts0 00:00:00 ps
Are there any programs to kill? Now I have opened 4 webpages using Firefox. I tried to open GIMP. The web browsers collapsed. This is a problem of memory. I destroyed the downloading of Mandriva ISO files when the browser collapsed
GIMP is like the Photoshop program in Windows. I don't want to open GIMP again.
Now I have open the shell to write or practice some script langage plus 4 web pages.
xinetd is not necessary unless you want to run some kind of server.
You seem to have a lot kdeinit. Its normal to have more than one. But There really seems to be a lot. Someone who uses KDE should confirm that.
XFS: is your file system xfs or ext3? Is its ext3, you dnot need XFS. (type mount, to know the filesystem type).
Those are the one I saw in a quick scan. You should try to google for some of them to know what they do and if your really need them.
BTW, You could check memory usage. Check /proc/meminfo. You will see ram usage and swap usage. free memory is rather small, then you will be sure its really a memory problem. You can then investigate your deamon and figure out those you should disable. Otherwise, it could be something else.
type "cat /proc/meminfo" its going to display the content of the /proc/meminfo file. This file is maintain by the OS. It is used to display the amount of memory used.
As for Xinietd, there is a link someplace that is starting it. I assume you are in runlevel 3 or 4. Than, it is most likely in /etc/rc.4. Or something similar. (it really changes from one distro to the other, I'm a debian user, so I dont know where exactly mandrake stores it). Anyway, just find the link and delete it.
The rc.4 folder contains a bunch of links. Those are all the programs that linux is going to start when going in runlevel 4. There is also a /etc/rc.3 for the programs started in runlevel 3. (there actually is an rc folder for every runlevel. usally 1 to 5).
Last edited by BoldKiller; 10-16-2005 at 02:21 PM.
Looks like you don't have a swap partition or file, this could cause problems of you try to open too many programs at once. At the minute just under half of your memory is currently being used by processes
Nevermind, looks like I was beaten too it. Thats what you get for watching TV whilst browsing LQ I suppose